Wedding Day Murder by Leslie Meier

From Publishers Weekly

Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is the cozily evoked setting of Meier’s lighthearted Lucy Stone novels, which are usually set around holidays or significant life events. Here a harried Lucy is trying to juggle children, husband and a full-time job when her best friend, Sue Finch, asks for help in planning the wedding of Sue’s mother, Sidra, and Internet millionaire Ron Davitz. Lucy agrees to let the ceremony take place in her backyard gazebo. When the groom and his social-climbing mother arrive on a large yacht, tempers start flaring among the townspeople. Local fishermen are being displaced from their moorings in the harbor to make way for summer visitors in an attempt to raise much-needed revenues for the town. Davitz proves to be a singularly graceless, stereotypical computer nerd, but when he’s found floating dead in the water, suspicion quickly focuses on an old flame of the bride. Lucy once more finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, and at first she fears that Sue, or Sue’s temperamental husband, might have done something drastic to get rid of a potential father-in-law he despised. In a leisurely paced investigation, Lucy perseveres through various irritations to dig up the truth. Despite the obvious pall cast by the murder of the groom, Meier manages to pull off a happy ending, replete with a charming wedding in which her fans will rejoice. 

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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A very pleasant warm weather read.

Bake Sale Murder by Leslie Meier

From Publishers Weekly

In Meier’s disjointed 13th Lucy Stone mystery (after 2005’s New Year’s Eve Murder), the Tinker’s Cove, Maine, newspaper reporter has a whole subdivision of peculiar neighbors around her once peaceful farmhouse, and anonymous letters are arriving at her office. The unknown penman alleges that the new football coach, Buck Burkhart, is condoning unsavory behavior by the high school’s senior football players toward the junior players and the cheerleaders, one of whom is Lucy’s daughter, Sara. But no one is talking or listening, as the coach launches his lackluster team into a victorious season. Then Lucy finds Burkhart’s neighbor, one of her volunteer bakers, knifed to death in her kitchen. And what about the homeless man? The philandering veterinarian? The victim’s bad-tempered husband? The author makes only a halfhearted effort to connect all the dots, while the one big break in the murders comes, unpleasantly and literally, through Lucy’s dog, Libby. (Dec.)
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Not as good as Joanne Fluke or Diane Mott Davidson but a good read.
 
 

Bite Me by Parker Blue

Product Description

An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.
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I’d have to pull my records, but I believe that this book was offered FREE on my Kindle and I want to say “Thank you, thank you”.  A story about a one-eighth part demon, vampire slaying  girl who has a “talking dog”(he doesn’t voice words but thinks them so she can “hear”) who is part Hellhound and together they get mixed up with a cop-who wouldn’t love it?     This book came out a few years ago and the sequel will be released later this year and you can bet I’ll be paying to read it.  Thank you Kindle for introducing me to another author who has what it takes.

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

From Booklist

The Louisiana town of Bon Temps—along with the rest of the world—is about to be rocked with some big supernatural news: like the vampires before them, the Were people—humans with the ability to change into animals—are about to reveal themselves to humanity. Psychic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse is apprehensive about the revelation, given the way some people in the small town revile anyone with extraordinary powers, including Sookie herself. While the initial announcement seems to go over smoothly with most people, tragedy strikes when Sookie’s brother Jason’s estranged wife, a werepanther, is found murdered and nailed up on a cross. Jason is the prime suspect, but Sookie has even bigger problems to deal with when she learns that a vicious fairy prince is determined to kill her. Darker and more ominous than earlier entries in the series, Harris’ latest raises the stakes (pun intended) for lovable heroine Sookie and comes up a winner. With HBO’s True Blood, a series based on Sookie’s adventures, renewed for a second season, expect demand for this latest gripping installment. –Kristine Huntley –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
 
 
 
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With Dead in the Family  released now I re-read Dead and Gone  to reaquaint my mind with the storyline.  I must say I found it more “bloody” this time around.  I guess I didn’t notice it so much the first time which was over a years ago.  Also there seemed to be too much going on all the time and I felt some scenes should have had more background.  Other than that I loved it again.

Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton

From Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Beaton’s enjoyable 25th Hamish Macbeth mystery (after 2008’s Death of a Witch), a Valentine’s Day parcel explodes in the face of the Scottish Highlands’ Lammas festival queen, Annie Fleming, as soon as she tries to open it, killing her instantly. Hamish Macbeth, newly promoted to sergeant, would rather investigate with only his trusty pets in tow, but is instead forced to tote along his new constable, the less than professional Josie McSween. Considered prim and proper and a right innocent, Annie turns out to have been leading a less than virtuous double life, with no shortage of suspects in her murder. A much sought after bachelor, Hamish desperately tries to break the case, while Josie, with dreams in her eyes, strives to crack Hamish’s heart. Will Josie succeed in getting Hamish to say I do at the altar? For all the book’s farcical moments, Beaton takes care as usual to provide a satisfying police procedural. (Jan.)
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This book is number 25 in the Hamish MacBeth series and I love it. Can’t wait for the next installment.

Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts

Product Description

New Love takes the cake in the third novel in Nora Roberts’s new Bride Quartet-in a stunning French flap edition

Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother Delaney, on whom she’s had a mega-crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her-or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del-she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…

 
 
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If you don’t like to cry don’t read this series of  books by Nora Roberts because there are touching scenes, sad and happy and all of them made me cry. That wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that this was an audio book and I listen to it as I drive around town running my errands. I had to stop a cd twice because the tears were blurring my vision and I didn’t want to be a menace to society.  This was the third installment of the Brides Quartet series and I can hardly wait to get my hands on the next one.
 
 

The Killing Room by John Manning

Product Description

Once You EnterOld houses have their secrets. The Young residence–a beautiful Maine mansion overlooking the Atlantic–is no exception. But the secrets here are different. They can kill. . .

The Only Way Out

Carolyn Cartwright, private detective and ex-FBI agent, has been hired by Howard Young to investigate a string of gruesome family deaths. The crimes are horrific, brutal, and senseless. And the time has come for the killing to begin again. . .

Is To Die

One by one, members of the Young family are chosen to die. Old and young, weak and strong, no one is safe from a killer with a limitless thirst for revenge. And the only way for Carolyn to uncover the shocking truth is to enter the room no one has ever left alive–and make herself the next target. . .

 

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This book gets five stars.   I was hooked after readimg the first few pages and put it down only a couple of times before coming to it’s end. It was the best spooky cursed family  murder plot that I’ve read in a long time.  If you like Dean Koontz you need to give this book a try.

Fade Out by Rachel Caine

Product Description

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger-and way more dangerous-than anyone suspected.

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I am a sucker (excuse the vampire pun) for book series and the MorganVille Vampire Series is one of my very favorites.  I love the locale, the characters and their interactions and the vivid descriptions used, (example-the tunnels)

Let me just say that if you’ve never read this series-give it a try and I think you’ll be a fan to.

Blaze by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman

From Publishers Weekly

Clayton Blaze Blazedell Jr.’s chance for a normal life ended when his father repeatedly threw him down a flight of stairs. After finishing his adolescence in an orphanage, the large man with a striking dent in his forehead plays sidekick to George, a social deviant with a knack for cons. However, when George is killed, Blaze must come up with a con of his own. With George’s ghost to guide him, Blaze just might pull it off. Stephen King’s last novel under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman has all the classic markings of the auteur, but is marred even before it starts by King’s introduction, where he almost apologizes for publishing the book. Having narrated several King books already, McLarty already knows the author’s syntax. His raspy but gentle narration provides a familiar and comforting voice for King fans. His rasp lightens up when delivering the slow-witted Blaze, but then deepens for George’s scratchy voice. His old-timer Maine accents also produce a smile, when not evoking mental images of grizzled old semitoothed men.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This, I believe, is the first book I’ve read by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman, so I don’t have anything to compare it to.  I will put that on my TO DO LIST – Read another “Richard Bachman” book.
This was the second time that I have listened to this book.  I enjoyed it the first time but this time not so much. It seemed boring and slow.  The story line is good, very much like OF MICE AND MEN, only in this story the more dominate character is dead and talks to Blaze in his head.  I’m glad I listened to it again because now I know I don’t want to eve4r listen to it again.  I will either give it away or sell it on Ebay.

Deadly Deals by Fern Michaels

Product Description

After years of trying to become pregnant without success, Rachel Dawson and her husband Thomas felt their dreams had finally come true the day they brought home their newly adopted twin babies. Though the lawyer Baron Bell who arranged for the surrogate mother charged a hefty six-figure fee, one glance into the eyes of their precious children told them it was all worth it. Until the birth mother reappeared, first demanding more money, then the twins themselves. Suddenly Baron Bell was nowhere to be found, and the Dawsons were once again childless, heartbroken and nearly destitute. When the case finds its way to the offices of high-profile attorney Lizzie Fox, she can’t wait to take down the so-called ‘Mr. Wonderful’. And she knows she’ll have all the help she needs as it’s just the kind of crime that really gets the Sisterhood’s adrenalin flowing. Once they get their hands on the perpetrators there will be hell to pay, and it will cost a lot more than cold, hard cash…
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I didn’t like this installment of the Sisterhood series as much as I have most of the others and I can’t really tell you why.  The story just failed to hold my interest and I found it very easy to put down and do other things instead. I’d much rather have a book that holds me hostage from beginning to end and those are really rare.  Most books I read are real page turners but a “hostage taking” book is one that you just have to finish in one or two days at most.  Deadly Deals was not  was not even a close contender.   Will I read the next in the series-of course, I love series.